Pumpkin Spice Syrup

It’s NOVEMBER, you guys!
There is no end to the excitement over here! 
I’m just so excited for the holiday season and all of the warmth and good cheer that go along with it.

{strand mug from Kate Spade x Strand & beautiful jar of pumpkin spice syrup in background. also, I prefer to use organic pumpkin for the taste and a bpa-free can}
And the food. Specifically, the desserts. And the beverages. Give me some eggnog with my figgy pudding. 
Actually, I’ll just take the eggnog, but I won’t leave until I get some. 
Anyway, it’s been raining for ages today, not that dainty rain, I’m talking downpour-can’t-see-through-it-build-an-Ark-quick-please kinda rain. Which requires a special beverage. Sadly, this particular one does not involve eggnog. But it involves pumpkin and cloves and caffeine and all sorts of goodness so it gets a free pass.

Pumpkin Spice Latte
In a mug mix: 
2-3 Tablespoons syrup (The recipe for the spiced syrup is from A Beautiful Mess.)
1/3 cup milk, heated and foamed with a wisk or an Aerolatte
2/3 cup STRONG brewed coffee  (or up the milk and use a shot of espresso if you have an espresso machine)
Cinnamon to top
Drink, then repeat. And in two hours, repeat again 😉

Monday Treat: Pumpkin Spice Mocha

I was really on a kick making those pumpkin lattes in September when the PSL craze always hits. 
Then October came around and I got tired of them. 
But last week my grandma ordered the Pumpkin Spice Mocha and was raving about it, I thought to myself:
Adding chocolate to Pumpkin Spice?
Brilliant. Inspired. Invigorating.
So this lazy Sunday afternoon, my mom and grandma came over and we made these Pumpkin Spice Mochas and chatted about poetry. I’m not sure I can think of a better way to spend a Sunday. 
And now I’m back on the PSM kick. That’s a Pumpkin Spice Mocha kick, in case you didn’t catch that.
Goodness, it’s delicious. 
Grandma said it was every bit as good as the real coffee shop version, and my very picky coffee-savvy mom agreed that it was exceptionally delicious. Me? Well I was too busy drinking mine in a moment of bliss that I didn’t say anything. 

You must make sure you serve these hot.
Enjoy on a snowy November morning or afternoon…like today!

A Little Bit Ivy League

I love a good collegiate style.
A little bit Ivy League with the (fake)Ostrich purse, the stripes, plaid, and pearls.
This time of year makes me really miss school. I just adore the architecture, the libraries, the tradition and the  activity on a crisp fall day on campus.
It’s filled with a feeling of beginning again and excitement mixed with purpose
That sounds like exactly what I’m going for in life right now.
What’s better for Back to School than Pumpkin Spice Lattes? In the spirit of saving money, I made this do-it-at-home version and it is yummy, cheap, and easy. If you love Pumpkin Spice Lattes, I recommend you try this (and please, for my sake, try the whipped cream, since I didn’t have any handy).
 And it matches my ’70s Norwegian mug. So it’s win-win. 

PS. Shorts under skirt + fingertip rule, promise 🙂